Under the terms of the agreement Reedijk Banden Import will operate autonomously and current managing director, Marcus Reedijk will retain responsibility for the day to day running of the company. The Van den Ban group expects to realise a much stronger market position for its wholesale tyre activities. As a result of the acquisition the turnover of Van den Ban Autobanden B.V. is expected to rise to Euro 160 million.
The Chief Executive Officer of Pirelli, Mario Tronchetti Provera, considers the PAX-agreement between the two tire giants positively. Pirelli is already a developing partner, together with Michelin, regarding PAX and Run Flat Technologies in general. Tronchetti said that Goodyear’s involvement will further accelerate the development and the promotion of PAX.
Goodyear has developed an agreement with Phase IV Engineering of Boulder, Colorado aimed at fully developing a tyre pressure monitoring system. After the recent agreements with Michelin and Cycloid Systems this is the third such agreement Goodyear has completed. The long term aim of this strategy is not only to develop a fully operational system, but to extend Goodyear beyond the automotive tyre field.
On Tuesday 17th October, Goodyear Great Britain submitted an HR1 notice to the Dept. of Trade & Industry. This document contained a number of options for improving productivity and lowering costs, one of which was for 540 jobs to be lost at the company’s Wolverhampton plant. The notice effectively gives 90 days’ notice for management and unions to find agreement. If no agreement is forthcoming at the end of 90 days, a solution can be imposed by management. The total labour force at Goodyear Wolverhampton numbers more than 2,000. This news comes the day after Michelin announced the loss of 950 jobs at its factory in Stoke-on-Trent.
Continental makes her know-how available to Iranian company Kerman Tyre and Rubber Company (Tehran) for the production of truck and car tyre radials. Later Kerman will produce its own brand under this technology plus truck and car tyre radials in an offtake agreement under the Continental brand for the Middle East and Central Asia.